A no-nonsense guide on how to find a good personal trainer and the 5 questions you need answers to.

Read this guide before you pay for a personal trainer to avoid making a mistake! It will help you determine the difference between an ineffective personal trainer and an incredible one. And, believe us when we say that finding the proper personal trainer can make ALL the difference in the world.

 

Having worked in the industry for the last 17 years, we know what we’re talking about, and we’ll tell it to you straight. Whether or not you want to participate in our 1-on-1 Personal Training, this information will help you with all the relevant details.

 

In this post, we’ll go through:

 

1. How much is a personal trainer usually? 

2. How often should you see a personal trainer?

3. What should I look for when hiring a personal trainer?

4. Is hiring a personal trainer worth it? 

5. How to hire a Personal Trainer?

 

And much more!

How Much is a Personal Trainer Usually?

You’ve probably seen how professional athletes and movie stars have personal trainers to help them stay in shape. But how do you find a good personal trainer and how much does it cost?

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What Personal Trainers charge can range from £35 to £100+ per hour.

 

Some factors that affect the price are the number of sessions and how much 1-1 support you want. You may also be able to make your sessions cheaper by getting them at home or online rather than in a gym.

 

Frequency of sessions

The number of personal training sessions you have each week will significantly influence the cost. At Health by Science, the average number of sessions is two per week, but you can have as little as one or as much as four.

 

Small group personal training vs. 1-1 personal training

one-on-one personal training session is more expensive than a group training session for obvious reasons (£15 vs £50 a session). 1-1 offers customised attention to your specific requirements, as well as greater flexibility in addressing particular injuries, personal nutrition, and overall goals.

 

Small Group Personal Training, on the other hand is great for people who like to train with others and for those who don’t need a coach to give them as much focused attention.

 

In Person vs Online Personal Training

The benefits of online Personal Training are that you can do it at any time, from anywhere. Another huge benefit is how cheap it can be! The reason this option is so much cheaper is because the trainer doesn’t have a studio overhead.

 

In-person Personal Training also has its benefits. The biggest being that they can help more specifically with your exercise technique, so that you don’t fall into any gym fads…

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Because you see them in person you may find that you are more accountable to your personal trainer in person vs online.

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How Often Should You See a Personal Trainer?

How often you should see a personal trainer really comes down to three things:

 

  1. How far away you are from where you want to be.
  2. How quickly you want to progress
  3. How much time and money you are willing/able to invest.

 

How far away you are from your goal.

Great results come from making small habit changes, made consistently.

 

If you want to lose weight sustainably, you should aim to lose about 0.5-1% of your body weight each week.

 

If you want to get stronger then use our free calculator to find out what you could achieve in the next 12-weeks…

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How quickly you want to progress

If you want to progress as quickly as possible, then you need to be consistent. A good personal trainer will help you stay consistent by holding you accountable to your chosen habits.

 

Just like exercising, one session is better than two and three sessions a week is better than two. But you can still get great results with a monthly session where we design your training program and nutrition for you.

 

Ultimately it comes down to how much time and money you are willing/able to invest…

 

How much time and money you are willing/able to invest.

When you find a good Personal Trainer you may think of them as a guide, like Gandalf, helping you along your way and keeping you from danger, but you can’t expect them to wave a magic wand…

 

 

No amount of money will achieve weight loss or gains in strength and health.

 

What’s more valuable than your money is your precious time, and if you want to get the best results, then you need to prioritise your self-care and focus on making small but consistent changes.

 

Personal Trainers can be a great source of motivation and accountability. If you know someone is invested in your goals as much as you are, then you’re much more likely to get results. They’ll also work with you to make the change process easier by helping you break big barriers into small actionable challenges.

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What Should I Look For When Hiring a Personal Trainer?

When you’re trying to find a good Personal Trainer, the first thing that you should ask is if they’re compatible with your goals.

 

To find out how compatible they are, determine your objectives and see if you trainer is well suited. You may meet someone fantastic but not compatible with you, much as you can meet someone wonderful while dating.

 

So, if you’re looking for a personal trainer to help you achieve your objectives, start by defining what those goals are:

 

  • Are you trying to lose 2 stone? Get to below 10% body fat?
  • Are you trying to improve your strength and learn how to deadlift?
  • Do you want to learn how to become a powerlifter?
  • Are you looking to complete your first couch to 5k?
  • Do you want to feel more confident and learn how to exercise safely?

 

After you’ve established clear objectives for what you want and how long you need a trainer, you may select one who will hopefully be suitable.

 

Next, you want to think about what type of coaching style would suit you best. In general, Personal Training approaches can be seen as a spectrum from a dictatorship and a tour guide.

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Some clients may want more of a dictator or PE teacher. They don’t want to think; they want the personal trainer to take control, tell them what to eat when to jump and how high. Other clients prefer more of a tour guide approach. Someone who will let you lead the way but make sure you don’t get lost or wander down the long route.

 

A conversation should always be the next step, most likely during a free consultation.

 

Here’s what to look for:

 

  • Do they listen to you entirely and hear your whole story before talking about themselves?
  • Do they ask about any past issues with injuries or experience with exercise?
  • Do they ask you about your nutrition?
  • Do they ask you about your sleep and stress recovery habits?
  • Do they ask you why you think you’ve struggled with your goals in the past?
  • Do they set clear and realistic expectations of what they expect from you and what results you can expect?

 

At Health by Science, the three key things that we look for when hiring our Personal Trainers are:

 

  • Professionalism
  • Person-centred
  • Science-based

 

Professionalism

For a personal trainer to assist you with your fitness goals, they must be professional. They need to know how to motivate and how to listen in order to make the best use of your time in the gym.

This is done by being polite and by providing feedback about how things are going. They should also have a thorough knowledge of how all the equipment works so that they can answer any questions that you have about how to use it for a particular exercise.

A professional personal trainer will also keep safety in mind while training you so that you don’t get injured while working out.

This means being honest when they don’t know the answer to something and referring to another professional such as a Physiotherapist or Sports Massage Therapist when needed.

 

Science-Based

There’s a great saying we often use at Health by Science…

 

This means that any method used by your Personal Trainer should be based on Scientific principles. The Science-based principles of exercise, nutrition, recovery and rehab haven’t changed much in the past few decades.

 

Unfortunately, not all Personal Trainers learn these principles, especially if they’ve only done a few weekend courses.

 

If your trainer says any of the following phrases, run for the high hills because they aren’t science-based:

 

“Don’t let your knees come over your toes – it’s bad for your knees.”

“Just use machines; it’s safer for you than free weights.”

“Let’s focus on fixing your posture.”

“This specific exercise will shred fat from your tummy.” (You can’t spot reduce fat.)

 

The best Personal Trainers understand the Science-based principles of exercise, nutrition, recovery and rehab, but more importantly, they know how to apply these principles in a person-centred way.

 

Person-centred

At Health by Science we believe the diversity of people is a strength, not a weakness. For Personal Trainers to be effective and compassionate, they need the right tools that work with your individual needs as a person rather than just following one-size-fits-all guidelines.

 

This means using an individualised person-centred approach that is underpinned by the latest Science.

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Is Hiring a Personal Trainer Worth It?

You could take steps to organise your mortgage yourself, but if you’re looking for a great deal, it’s better that you hire an expert to help you.

 

The same goes with Personal Training: hiring somebody can be more efficient than doing everything on your own.

 

Remember that you’re not just paying for somebody’s time.

 

You’re really paying for their years of experience, schooling, training and expertise.

 

You’re getting a one-stop-shop where all your fitness and nutrition questions can be answered by someone who knows what they are doing!

 

Some people think that outsourcing everything means you have less control over the situation.

 

In reality, it gives you confidence in knowing experts are handling these things instead of trying to figure it out yourself, which often leads to frustration.

 

Having someone who’s been there and done that makes life easier and your goals more attainable.

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How to Hire a Good Personal Trainer?

If your Personal Trainer impresses you during your free consultation, give them a month before deciding that things aren’t working out.

 

Your first training session may be exploratory, explanatory and introductory. The trainer needs to test your limits to build upon that during the process of finding a personal fitness routine for you!

 

In addition, don’t expect miracles in one day-it could take months before getting comfortable with an exercise plan or schedule which is right for YOU.

 

Conclusion

Learning  how to find a good personal trainer and ultimately hiring one, can be an excellent investment if you want to get sustainable results efficiently. The benefits include safety, accountability, and results-based training that will help you reach your fitness goals faster than trying to do it on your own. If you are looking for a Personal Trainer look no further! Click below to book in for a free consultation for our online or in person Personal Training.

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